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Ball Python

This nonvenomous snake’s name comes from its tendency to curl into a ball when frightened, though most people know it for its hunting tactic of coiling around prey and crushing victims with its powerful muscles. Nonetheless, brave herpetologists sometimes keep ball pythons as pets.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 15

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Changes from being Elite are marked in red below.
NOTE: The +2 damage bonus to non-strike offensive abilities (+4 if the ability is limited, such as spells) is NOT factored in.

Elite Ball PythonCreature 1

NMediumAnimal
Source Bestiary pg. 302
Perception +8; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Acrobatics +8, Athletics +8, Stealth +8, Survival +6
Str +3, Dex +3, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha -2
AC 18; Fort +10, Ref +12, Will +6
HP 30
Tighten Coils ReactionReaction Trigger A creature grabbed or restrained by the ball python attempts to Escape. Effect The DC of the Escape check is increased by 2.
Speed 20 feet, climb 20 feet, swim 20 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +10 [+5/+0], Damage 1d8+2+3 piercing plus GrabConstrict Single ActionSingle Action 1d8 bludgeoning, DC 19Wrap in Coils Single ActionSingle Action Requirement A Medium or smaller creature is grabbed or restrained in the ball python’s jaws. Effect The ball python moves the creature into its coils, freeing its jaws to make attacks, then uses Constrict against the creature. The ball python’s coils can hold one creature.

All Monsters in "Snake"

NameLevel
Ball Python1
Emperor Cobra5
Giant Anaconda8
Giant Viper2
Rat Snake Swarm2
Sea Snake0
Viper-1
Viper Swarm4

Snake

Source Bestiary pg. 302
Snakes come in an array of forms, from jungle-dwelling constrictors that wrap around their prey to venomous vipers with deadly bites. Regardless, all snakes consume their prey whole by unhinging their jaws and using powerful muscles to move the food down their throats and into their stomachs.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Eating Habits

Snakes of all sorts eat their meals by devouring their prey whole. After incapacitating a creature, a snake unhinges its jaw and consumes the creature entirely, even if it's more than twice the diameter of the snake's body. A snake can consume a creature of the same size as itself or smaller, but most snakes are logy and sluggish while the meal digests.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Slithering Packs

Despite their solitary natures, snakes come together in swarms for purposes of hibernation or mating. However, a few species have learned to stick together and coordinate their hunting efforts, leading to slithering packs of predatory snakes.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Snake Resources

Snakeskin's distinctive pattern and wide variety of applications makes it a sought-after resource, and the hides of extra-large snakes such as giant anacondas can fetch a fine price in the right market. Such oversized snake hides can be used to craft clothing of snakeskin leather, including boots and gloves, as well as other items such as scabbards, backpacks, and even tents or makeshift boats. A snake's hide can be cleanly removed with a successful Crafting check or appropriate Lore check.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Snakes in Mythology

Snakes appear frequently and prominently in the myths and legends of many cultures throughout the Inner Sea region. In Ancient Osirion, snakes were revered and associated both with the evil serpent god Apep and the good goddess Wadjet, the Green Empress. Perhaps the best-known example of snakes in Golarion's legends are the serpentfolk— serpentine humanoids who ruled vast swaths of the world in prehistoric times and worshipped a foul snake deity called Ydersius.